Our Neighbor: A salute to Bikes for Angels




Posted on December 23, 2010 at 11:20 AM

Updated Thursday, Dec 23 at 3:58 PM

MANSFIELD — We have an update to an Our Neighbor report we brought you a few weeks ago.

It's about a group of hard-working students from Barber Career Tech Academy in Mansfield. Thanks to them, some angels will have an extra special Christmas.

These high school students prepared a total of 603 bicycles for Santa to deliver to hundreds of needy children.

"We're trying to raise money to buy all these bikes maybe for needy kids who don't have an opportunity to have a proper Christmas," explained student Jonathan Schmidt earlier this month. "The more money we raise, obviously, the more bikes we can have. I myself threw a $100 bill to the fund"

The Bikes for Angels program raised money, purchased, assembled and delivered the bikes to hundreds of lower-income children in Mansfield.

After about six weeks of fundraising, $26,400 was used to purchase the 603 bikes. Not only did the total exceed last year's donations by almost $5,000, it was enough to allow the program to buy every child a bike who had asked for one.

"It's awesome!" said student Jordan Sterlaey. "You get to help little kids out on Christmas, and when you see their face it's pretty cool, because they may cry... they may smile. It's really awesome!"

These Santa's helpers reached out to News 8 for help getting the word out about their program, and it paid off with record-breaking success.

For their joy of giving and their hard work, we name the auto tech Students at Barber Career Tech Academy and their Bikes for Angels program today's Our Neighbor.

The students would like to once again thank every person who donated... you know who you are!

If you know someone we could feature in a future Our Neighbor segment, contact me at cizzy@wfaa.com.

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